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Venezuela delays state elections to 2017

CARACAS (Reuters) - Elections for Venezuela's state governorships will be held in 2017 rather than December as expected, the election board said on Tuesday, giving the unpopular socialist government more breathing space before going to the polls.


Indonesia ratifies Paris climate accord

Jakarta (AFP) - Indonesia, one of the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters, Wednesday ratified a landmark climate rescue pact but environmentalists expressed scepticism about the government's plans to limit global warming.


ISIS traps Mosul civilians as human shields, Pentagon says

WASHINGTON: Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants are trapping Mosul’s civilians to use as human shields, the Pentagon said on Tuesday as President Barack Obama warned of “significant” potential displacement as the offensive for the Iraqi city progresses.


Two dozen ELN rebels surrender ahead of Colombia peace talks

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Two dozen fighters from the leftist ELN rebels have surrendered voluntarily to the Colombian navy, the military said on Tuesday, in a sign the group may be losing strength as it prepares to begin peace talks with the government.


Buhari's row with wife signals frustration over Nigerian inertia

LAGOS (Reuters) - A row between the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and his wife has brought cracks in the ruling party right into the open, as frustration grows over government inertia in trying to drag the country out of its first recession in 25 years.


Sultan: Islamophobia a real concern

IPOH: Negative images of young Muslims by the international media play into the hands of Muslim extremists and shape the political agendas of some right wing groups in the Western world, says the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.


Two Iranian-Americans sentenced to 10 years in jail in Iran - Mizan news

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the United States, the Iranian judiciary's official news website reported on Tuesday.


Rio police fire tear-gas during Brazil budget plan protest

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas in downtown Rio de Janeiro on Monday when protesters demonstrating against a proposed government spending cap approached the headquarters of state oil company Petrobras, the GloboNews channel said.


Iraq announces start of offensive to retake Mosul

EAST OF MOSUL/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces launched a U.S.-backed offensive on Monday to drive Islamic State from the northern city of Mosul, a high-stakes battle to retake the militants' last major stronghold in the country.


European powers seek EU condemnation of Russia over Syria

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union on Monday condemned Russia's air campaign in Syria, saying it may be guilty of war crimes, and it vowed to impose more sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's government.